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NFL teams intrigued, but wary of former Missouri receiver DGB

Several off-the field problems have NFL teams wary of drafting Dorial Green-Beckham.
Several off-the field problems have NFL teams wary of drafting Dorial Green-Beckham. AP

Dorial Green-Beckham ranked as the top recruit in the nation in 2012.

The former Missouri receiver hasn’t played a game in more than a year, but because he stands 6-foot-5, weighs 237 pounds and runs a 4.49 in the 40-yard dash, he intrigues NFL scouts.

It’s the off-field questions that have scared away some.

Green-Beckham has had two marijuana-related arrests, and Missouri dismissed him after police began an investigation that he pushed a female down at least four stairs after forcing open her apartment door to see his girlfriend.

Green-Beckham has said all the right things about his past.

“I proved I’m a better person by just showing them how mature I’ve grown,” Green-Beckham said. “These last few months have been real tough for me —missing the whole season and missing playing with my teammates and just missing football, period. Just looking from the outside in and seeing things that I’ve never seen before, I just want to take advantage of that, and just make sure that I’m there to help my teammates and make sure I’m the best guy I can be off the field and try to show everybody I’m capable of doing those things.”

The Dallas Cowboys hosted Green-Beckham this week, one of many teams trying to determine if he’s worth the risk.

He played only two years of college football, making 87 receptions for 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns. His last game was in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 3, 2014, when he made four catches for 53 yards in the Tigers’ 41-31 victory over Oklahoma State.

Green-Beckham sat out last season after transferring to Oklahoma, where he never played a down.

“We all hoped that the NCAA would let me play,” Green-Beckham said. “The opportunities there, everything, just didn’t fall in the right hands. It wasn’t anything that I could just sit on and be angry or upset about. I just had to accept it and move on from that and focus on the things I needed to focus on.”

NFL teams have done their research.

Green-Beckham had charges dismissed in one of the marijuana cases and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of trespassing in the other. Police closed the case that got Green-Beckham kicked out of Missouri, citing reluctant witnesses.

So how much does that scare scouts?

“Physically, we think he has all the gifts in the world,” Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said. “We’ve all admired his physical traits, all of us who have been in the state of Missouri and the Kansas City area who have seen him from afar. I think now what people want to do is get a feel for him as a person, see where he is.”

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @NFLCharean

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